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I'm embarrassed to say that I only truly discovered the music of John Prine this year. I knew who he was, and I had heard his music before, but it just never quite clicked for me until earlier in 2021. It was through covers of his brilliant songs that finally made me give him another shot, and I was wrong before because the man is just a true treasure. As part of their "12 Days of Tickmas," Deer Tick have released a cover of "Christmas in Prison." If you're familiar at all with John Prine and Deer Tick, you're going to know what this sounds like. And you'd be correct. It's a classic country/folk ballad from Deer Tick with just enough rock guitar to make it sound like Deer Tick. It's a fantastic cover dripping with adoration of the original. You need to check this one out.
You can watch Deer Tick cover "Christmas in Prison" below. For more on Deer Tick, check out the band's website. Current tour dates are below the video.